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Do Kwon and his Terraform found liable for crypto and securities fraud

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  • Jury found Do Kwon and Terraform Labs guilty of defrauding investors.
  • The trial, which took place in the Southern District of New York, lasted nine days.
  • Violations were related to the selling of crypto asset securities without proper registration.
  • Central to the case were the TerraUSD stablecoin and Luna token, whose collapse erased $40bn in market value.

The verdict is in, my dudes and dudettes! Do Kwon and Terraform Labs have officially been found liable for misleading their investors. This decision comes after a nine-day trial in the Southern District of New York, marking a big moment for both the defendants and the regulations of crypto in the U.S.

The Case Unfolds

During the trial, evidence presented led to the conclusion that Terraform Labs and Kwon sidestepped crucial legal requirements, specifically those relating to the registration of crypto asset securities as outlined in the Securities Act of 1933. This misstep was not taken lightly, and it set the stage for the jury’s decision.

In response to the jury’s findings, the SEC’s enforcement division, under the direction of Gurbir S. Grewal, expressed satisfaction, highlighting the gravity of Terraform Labs and Kwon’s actions. They were accused of duping investors regarding the stability and reliability of their algorithmic stablecoin, Terra USD, and falsely claiming the usage of their blockchain by a widely used payment application for transactions. These actions, as outlined by the SEC, played a direct role in the significant financial losses suffered by investors and the dramatic evaporation of market value, amounting to tens of billions of dollars.

Terraform Labs’ reaction to the verdict was one of disappointment, challenging the jury’s decision and questioning the SEC’s authority to bring forth the case. This stance suggests a possible continuation of legal battles as they consider their next steps.

The Broader Implications

The ruling against Terraform and Kwon emerges amidst a broader crackdown by the SEC on the cryptocurrency sector, which has been described by SEC Chair Gary Gensler as the “Wild West” due to its rife non-compliance and misconduct issues. This case serves as a stark reminder of the potential real-world consequences of failing to adhere to regulatory requirements within the crypto industry.

Moreover, the legal woes for Terraform and Kwon extend beyond this trial. The collapse of TerraUSD, along with its associated token Luna, has led to significant legal and financial challenges, including facing criminal fraud charges. Kwon, who was based in South Korea and Singapore during the period of the alleged fraud, finds himself in a complex legal situation involving extradition battles with both the US and South Korea, further complicating his and Terraform’s legal debacle.

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